CD Burner can write, but not read!!

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DPanMan

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Hi,

I have a Micro Advantage 52x-42x-52x CD-RW drive. In device manager its name is CDWRITER IDE5224. Its the kind you get at OfficeMax for 10$ after rebate...

Before when I had Windows ME, the drive worked fine. The hard drive failed so I replaced it and installed XP. At first worked fine still, because I had to install a lot of stuff from CD's. I do not remember exactly when, but the drive stopped being able to read CD's

When I put in a CD, the drive spins up, the mouse cursor changes to working in background, and the name of the drive under My Computer changes from "CD-RW Drive" to "CD Drive". However, it does not show the title of the CD, and it shows its used/total size as 0 bytes/0 bytes. If I click on it it says "Please insert CD in to drive D:" I have tried many CD's of different types (the silver original ones, CD-R's, CD-RW's), and its all the same problem

The interesting thing is that I am able to burn CD's with Nero just fine. After the CD is ejected and I put it in again, it still cannot be read.

Device manager says its working properly. I did not update any drivers.

How could this be??

Thanks a lot,
-Dan
 
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There are two haeds (read and write). The read may be on its way out or dirty. You can try a laser lens cleaner as an option..
 
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Dan
Have you checked the disks (on another machine or drive) you are burning to make sure the data is there?
 

DPanMan

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Yes, I checked it, and the data is there on the burned disk.

BTW how do laser lens cleaners work? Is it like a CD you put in the drive? If so, I thought the CD never touches the head...
 
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Yes the lens cleaner is similar o an audio cd Just insert it and let it go. But you may want to first try deleting the cdrw from device manager then reboot and let windows install it..
 

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Thanks all, the problem was fixed after I deleted the drive from device manager, then let XP reinstall it
 
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Excellent. now please click the report button and ask the thread to be marked as solved..
 
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